What is Manuka Honey UMF?
Manuka Honey UMF is a complete and advanced grading system, registered by the UMF Honey Association of New Zealand. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, and evaluates the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal found only in Manuka honey. The higher the UMF factor, the higher concentration of these compound in the Manuka honey, and the more medicinal usage of the honey.
The UMF Honey Association control and approves the use of all UMF honey. It operates a world-class science research programme, focusing on identifying the unique signature compounds of authentic Manuka honey. The UMF factor logo found on selected Manuka Honey is a quality trademark and a sign of higher-grade honey.
Not all Manuka honey are made equal and have different UMF factor label. Therefore, testing the MGO or UMF factor of Manuka honey is important. The lower grades, between UMF 5 – 10, are table grade Manuka honey and are safe for daily indigestion. Certified UMF honey with a 10+ or higher ratings is medical-grade and therapeutic for the skin. They are good for short term consumption and can fight more powerful or even dangerous bacterial infection.
How is UMF Manuka Honey different to MGO Manuka Honey?
Both MGO and UMF indicates the concentration of some natural chemical compounds found in Manuka honey. These bioactive compounds, when applied to your skin or added to your diet, can give your body a boost in immunity and skin health, and also aids the digestion system,
Yet, Manuka Honey UMF and MGO are two different grading systems. UMF is an independent quality trademark, assuring you of the quality and purity of the Manuka honey. It is a grading system that includes the measurement of MGO level (i.e. Methylglyoxal), but also includes additional testing of authenticity markers of the Manuka honey (i.e. DHA and Leptosperin).
MGO is a simple, straightforward rating which indicates only the level of Methylglyoxal in the Manuka honey. It is one of the potency markers in the Manuka honey.
You cannot say the MGO indicator is better than the UMF factor in Manuka Honey. However, MGO is the most direct, straightforward answer you can get if you want to know the exact level of Methylglyoxal, which is what makes Manuka honey so unique.
An approximate UMF vs MGO Comparison
UMF 5+ = MGO 83
UMF 10+ = MGO 263
UMF 15+ = MGO 514
What honey does Biohoney stock?
Every pot of Biohoney MGO Manuka Honey is tested and certified for natural MGO content. The MGO number tells you how much MGO is in the honey.
At Biohoney, we stock Manuka Honey of MGO 100+, 300+ and 500+. We also supply The New Zealand RAW Honey Co. RAW Manuka Honey of MGO152+ and 265+. The higher the MGO, the darker colour, and the more intensity of the distinctive taste of the Manuka honey.
Whether you are looking to boost your immunity or add a spoonful of honey to your everyday dietary, we have a variety of premium Manuka honey to meet your antibacterial or table needs. Check out our full range of Manuka honey here.